Photography Composition

I’ve been giving this some thought of late and thought I’d share a few thoughts with you all. Do bare in mind this relates more to my style of street/documentary photography.


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The Rule of Thirds

Now the rule of thirds I use very instinctively. I don’t have to think.. “I must have the subject on a third line!” …It just happens without thinking.

Pictures do look far more appealing when a frame is structured in such a way, so the rule of thirds makes sense.

But….. RULES ARE MADE TO BE BROKEN!

The rule of thirds and golden ratio etc aren’t rules… They are guidelines to help create a better image, but what or who is to say a picture not following these guides aren’t good?

To show what I mean, I’m sharing some images I have taken from my Home project, to demonstrate how not using the rule of thirds etc, can still produce some nice pictures.


The set of images above I tried to not use the third lines.. I tried to put the subject in the corners… Now you might not like it but I believe that you should shoot what, and how you want.

Don’t get too hung up on the “Rules” all of the time… They are a great help yes, but play around and have fun with shooting!

Cheers!

Yellow Vest movement in London

Street Photography in London

Myself and another photographer Graeme, had arranged to meet up in London for some street photography around the city… within an hour, that plan had changed.


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After shooting around Covent Garden and Trafalgar Square warming up and getting the bad shots out of the way. A small group of Yellow Vests began to gather. The call was made to wait & see what was going on, and it was worth the small wait.


Covent Garden & Trafalgar Square


Yellow Vest Protest

The Yellow Vests had a planned protest/march down Whitehall heading to Parliament. What a stroke of luck that was! When we met up in the morning we were talking about, how you never know what you are going to get in London and always a chance of some kind of protest somewhere…

So there it was… Our day changed, and we followed the protest/march all the way to Parliament.


Good things come to those who wait

This couldn’t have been truer for this day. Had Graeme not noticed a few signs, I’d have carried on my way around London and probably been none the wiser.

Big thanks to Graeme for meeting up and educating me on what to look out for, much appreciated.

As a take away point. Don’t be impatient, it doesn’t hurt to wait around a location shooting for a while…. You never know what might happen, especially in a city like London.

Cheers!